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Asia, India-Garhwal, Bharte Khunte and Kedarnath Dome

Bharte Khunte and Kedarnath Dome. A 31-man Indian Air Force team was led by Squadron Leader V.P. Singh. On April 26 Base Camp was set up at Tapoban at 14,300 feet and Advanced Base at 15,000 feet on the Kirti Glacier. There they parted into various groups. Camp I on virgin Bharte Khunte was established on May 2 at 18,000 feet and Camp II on May 3 at 19,500 feet. On the 5th V.P. Singh, J.B. Jagad, T.K. Rath, B.S. Ahluwalia, B.G. Joshi and one other set out for the summit (21,580 feet), which they reached in four hours. Two previous attempts had failed in the icefall and cornices above. On May 7 five members climbed Kedarnath Dome and descended on skis.

Kamal K. Guha, Himalayan Club